Harry Potter star Emma Watson is set for a magic time today – she turns 21!
The actress shot to fame when she was just 11 years old after landing the role of super swot Hermione Granger in the wizarding franchise, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Watson has since gained a handful of other roles and can also boast model and student on her resume, after enrolling at University in Rhode Island.
To celebrate the star's milestone, we've looked back and found 10 fascinating facts about Watson – enjoy your day, Emma!
- Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in 1990 in Paris and lived in the French capital until she was five years old.
- She won the 2002 Best Actress honour at the Young Artist Awards for her debut in the Harry Potter series.
- Watson splashed out on a ski chalet in Meribel, France when she gained access to her estimated $16 million (£10 million) fortune at the age of 18 in 2008.
- The star was destined to play a witch in Harry Potter – her ancestors include 16th century witch Joan Playle, who was excommunicated from the Church of England for dabbling with the dark arts, according to researchers at family tree website Ancestry.com.
- The pretty Brit has another career to fall back on if acting roles ever dry up – she's secretly an accomplished artist.
- Watson's brother Alexander has appeared as an extra in two Harry Potter films.
- She was crowned the biggest-grossing female star of the 2000s by The Guinness Book of World Records after the Harry Potter films raked in $5.4 billion in global box office receipts during the decade.
- The actress took a gap year from her education so she could film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2009.
- She starred in a rock music video in 2010 for British band One Night Only – which her then-boyfriend, George Craig, fronts.
- Watson won't be short of a party dress for her birthday bash – she's previously modelled for fashion house Burberry and People Tree, a fair trade organisation of which the star served as creative adviser.
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